Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After: 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 28 January 2014
'An intrepid heroine, a brooding hero, delightful secondary characters (including an ermine named Snowdrop), and just enough angst and passion to turn this into a Dare fan's delight...There are modern-day references galore that turn every scene into a joy and leave readers smiling. Isn't that one reason for reading romance?-- "RT Book Review (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)"
A perfect start to a new series, this spicy Regency lovefest offers an appealing story, witty dialog, and an engagingly quirky cast of characters.-- "Library Journal"
A unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero...Dare's lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) "
Izzy Goodnight has long given up on fairy tales, so she is shocked to learn that she has inherited a castle and must figure out what to do with the wounded duke who lives there...Dare starts her new series with a unique story line, a sweet, fun nod to literary fandom, and two main characters who are perfect for each other yet never would have met if they weren't each at a nadir in life's journey.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Splendidly talented Dare creates cleverly written dialogue, exceptionally appealing characters, and an engaging plot that gives a wink toward Beauty and the Beast and a nod to fandom, all key components in this wickedly funny and soul-satisfyingly romantic novel, the perfect launch to Dare's new Castles Ever After series.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
Carmen Rose is an Earphones Award-winning, critically acclaimed British actress. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has narrated numerous romance and erotica audiobooks.
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- Publisher : HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (28 January 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1482991489
- ISBN-13 : 978-1482991482
- Item Weight : 340 g
- Dimensions : 16.76 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
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I did wish Ransom hadn’t been positioned as a once being a man-whore, could have done without that, and that Izzy would have stopped referring to herself as being super plain. Plus, I wanted there to have been a scene where we saw Izzy’s odious cousin get some of what he deserves, but these are small niggles in the scheme of things – this book was a lovely read.
This book was a lovely combination of fun, humour, charm and some smut, and had a nice dash of silliness to it to, defo going in my re-read pile.
Needless to say it's the same castle.owned by Ransom. let the fun begins. I LOVED this the interaction between Miss Goodnight a d Ransom is brilliant. Tessa Dare Rapidly becoming one of my favourite.I
If her other books are anywhere near as good, I have found another author to add to my favourites.
The story is set in a mouldering, underlit castle complete with bats, secret passages and skeletons. The owner of this is a beastlike Duke with a facial scar, a churlish manner and a drinking habit.
The heroine Issie is well-accustomed to all the flummery of high chivalry and fairy tales, her father made his from such tales of high romance. She even has a pet ermine (weasel) called Snowdrop!
There is much bodice-ripping and swooning as well as sex but the author is quite ambivalent about exploiting the story for its comic value. Some of the characters have behaved in a wicked melodramatic way, but she points out the pitfalls and impracticalities of such conventions.
I couldn't really take such a saga seriously, but the element of farce was underplayed and I could not engage with the story.
I love how the starting chapter or two of Romancing The Duke was almost a parallel of the books historical romance heroines are seen reading/referencing throughout the novel… You know the ones with titles like Lady Fiona & the Dashing Duke of Drummond Hill or something like that. If you’ve read Eloisa James then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It wasn’t referenced in a parody-esque way though in fact I think it was almost unintentional on behalf of the author but even so the parallels just kind of jumped out at me.
Oh how handsome was Ransom?! I just had to use that line ROFL… That’s not why I mentioned him though. Don’t get me wrong he was handsome (how could he not be?) but that’s not why I absolutely adored him. I just LOVED his personality, his wit, and his one-liners. He had me laughing out loud almost the whole way through the book. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him my favourite historical romance hero of all time. Before I go on to talk about other aspects of the book I just have to mention his full name I mean Ransom William Dacre Vane. Now there’s a name fit for a duke! This is the first time I’ve “seen” a historical romance hero with a name like that – just another reason why I enjoyed this book so much.
This book had me smiling whenever I opened it up and left me smiling until the end. Let me try and explain how I felt… Okay, you imagine if somebody took you to your favourite bookshop and gave you free reign – on them. Oh but it doesn’t end there, take that feeling and multiply it 10 times over. That, ladies and gents is how I felt whenever I read Romancing The Duke.
I have to say I’m so happy Ransom didn’t miraculously get his sight back at the end of the book and start professing just how beautiful he found Izzy. Tessa avoided that cliché and I’m glad because this book was anything but a cliché.
This book was the best way to start the New Year and this is certainly not the last time I read this authors work.
A New Year, A new favourite author what more could I ask for?